Worried Togo finds itself on front line of Sahel’s jihadist war | AFP

Jihadist fighters attack and kill those who pass on Togo’s northern border with Burkina Faso, where militant Islamism is spreading through Africa’s Sahel region. Just a dried-out river bed separates the two West African countries. To keep radicals out, Togo’s authorities rely on both hard military strength and the soft power of cultural leaders. N°1PS7NJN°1Q03TP

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Togo military surround opposition leader’s house | AFP

The home of a key Togo opposition candidate is surrounded by security forces just hours after polls closed in elections widely expected to see President Faure Gnassingbe claim a fourth term in power. IMAGES

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Togo goes to polls as president seeks likely fourth term | AFP

Togo goes to the polls in an election widely expected to see President Faure Gnassingbe claim a fourth term in power and extend his family’s half-century domination of the West African nation. IMAGES

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Togo, where each year the sea erodes as much as 10 metres of coastline, distorting Togo’s landscape and driving out fishing communities. Then we head to the Lamu Archipelago in northeastern Kenya, where residents fear a coal-fired power plant project will threaten the delicate ecosystem and tourism it attracts.

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Coastal erosion in Togo threatens local population | AFP

Evey year in Togo, the sea nibbles more than 2 metres of coastline, and up to 10 metres in some parts of the coast. Coastal erosion affects all of West Africa and is distorting Togo’s landscape and driving out fishing communities.

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Togo’s barter market: keeping tradition alive and poverty at bay

Alohou Papa stands in the middle of the bustling market in Togoville and blows hard on a bright red whistle to catch everyone’s attention. “It’s 9 o’clock. The village chief is sending me to announce that bartering can now start,” he cries. “No arguing and no provocation,” he tells traders and buyers. Every Saturday on the northern shore of Lake Togo, some 65 kilometres (40 miles) east of the capital, Lome, Togoville runs a lively traditional barter market.

Togo: protesters vent frustration at political situation

As thousands of opposition supporters march through the streets of Lomé, a few of them tell of their frustrations at the current political situation in Togo as well as what they perceive as failures on the part of the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO) to resolve the issues.

Togo: thousands protest in bid to stop elections taking place

Thousands of people march through the streets of Lomé, responding to a call from the main opposition coalition, demanding that the electoral process be halted before the December 20 legislative elections. The leaders of this group of 14 opposition political parties did not present candidates for these elections and denounce “irregularities” in its organisation.

VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – November 24, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines.​ Today: Yemen’s Shia Houthi rebels drive al Qaeda out of central stronghold, security forces in Togo clash with protesters calling for presidential term limits, an outbreak of plague kills dozens in Madagascar since August and could spread in the capital, fishermen retrieve Japanese blowfish from Crimea’s Sevastopol Bay.

YEMEN
Houthi Rebels Force Al Qaeda Out of Central Stronghold
With the help of government forces, Shia Houthi fighters drove the Sunni militants out of al Bayda province.

TOGO
Police Confront Protesters Demanding Presidential Term Limits
Thousands are calling on the government to enforce limits, which would bar President Faure Gnassingbe from running for a third term next year.

MADAGASCAR
Plague Kill a Third of 119 Infected Since August
Forty have died from the plague in three months, and the UN warns the disease could spread in the capital.

CRIMEA
Fishermen Come Across Unusual Threat
Japanese puffer fish were retrieved from Sevastopol Bay, and scientists say the fish could harm the Black Sea fauna and local population.

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